now, one last thought. you know, with the place settings, a lot of us have a lot of people over, elaine. we don't have enough place settings for all the people that we have. how do we make it okay to have many different kinds of plates? >> you know, nobody has service for 20 unless you're queen elizabeth. >> right. >> what you want to do is use what you have. mix and match and just lay it out strategically so it looks like you're being creative an did it on purpose. whatever works for you and yo combination. a, b, a, b, or put everything in the center and the odd ones on the ends. it looks like you did it on purpose. unify with your napkins. that's what people notice. >> unify with your napkins. you heard it here. elaine griffin, thank you so much. great ideas. you're reminding us it can be easy. coming up next, the one and the only jane pauley introduces us to a couple that found their life calling in the italian country side. but first, this is "today" on nbc.